Vertue 47 Merganser at Walton on the Naze

We were launching our little dinghy during the bank holiday weekend that the weather forecasters said would be glorious blue skies with temperatures in the mid-twenties but were surprised to find ourselves wearing our Rab belay jackets and the poor dog started shivering! A nice man who I have met before and completely forgotten his name came to say hello. He owns Merganser which is V47 built in Portsmouth in 1952. According to the “Blue Book” the sail number was 78Y but I am not sure why. She was built from teak with a rock elm keel and lead ballast and looks like she will last forever. The mast is new from Collars as the old one had a twist. It would be nice to have a beer with the owner one day and find out more.

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